The Right People


Ready for the next step of the corporate ladder; there are a couple of people you should get to know. says getting to know your company’s executives could be one of the best things you do for your career. After all your job security is in their hands so they might as well know your name. But before you invite your CEO out for coffee there are a few guidelines when it comes to networking up.

For example according to the higher ups make a great mentor. The most beneficial part of this is that your mentor can then introduce you to other people with the big offices that you ordinarily would never meet. One motivation and success coach says this idea can seem very intimidating at first but the more relationships you forge can only benefit you. When the time comes you can then use their insight and guidance to help get promoted within the company.

For more tips including the things you should avoid when making new friends keep reading. It can’t hurt to know people in high places.


Do find a mentor: Having a mentor in a management position at your company is helpful, because he can introduce you to other executives with whom you may not have a chance to interact.
"From my experience, working in a corporate position as a banker for many years, networking with higher-ups works," says Alexandra Figueredo, motivation and success coach and author of "Sculpt Your Life From Sketch to Masterpiece." "I was mentored by a senior officer, and she pushed me to meet periodically with every one of the senior executives at my company. I was scared to death at first. But within a few months, I was meeting with the top five executives of my company, including the CEO and [chief financial officer]. Eventually, I used their insight and guidance to get promoted within the company."

Don't be a brown-noser: Though networking up is a good career strategy, trying to get an "in" with management shouldn't monopolize your workday. You don't want to develop a reputation as the office politico -- that won't sit well with colleagues or executives.
"Building relationships and networking within an organization can be quite important in a career," Millikin says. "But that doesn't mean that you should spend all your time playing politics in the negative sense of the word. Good working relationships facilitate communication and understanding in an organization, enhancing efficiency. Carried to an extreme, of course, it can become counterproductive. Relationships need to be sincere and transparent. Nobody likes someone who is obviously ingratiating and always agreeing with the boss."

Do create opportunities to network: If you don't have a chance to interact with your CEO on a daily basis, look for ways to do so outside of work. "Employees can network with executives in their own companies by joining and/or heading up committees that are companywide that will have to report to upper management," says Cheryl Palmer, owner of career-coaching firm Call to Career. "This will give employees visibility with the higher-ups as well as networking opportunities."
Other places to "run into" executives? The company gym, office-sponsored happy hours and corporate charity events.

Don't flaunt your connections: "It might make colleagues uncomfortable if you are chummy with the CEO or other senior people, so you want to make sure you're not gloating about the relationship, or you're not using it as an excuse to not pull your own weight," says Carolina Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of career-coaching firm SixFigureStart.

Do prepare for meetings with executives: If you have the opportunity to meet with a company executive, make the most of it. "It's important to think strategically about the meeting," says Bobbie LaPorte, founder of leadership development firm RAL & Associates and former executive at GE and IBM. "In order to prepare, define your goal in meeting with them and assess what expertise, insight [and] connections you can potentially offer them -- we all have something to offer. Bring an agenda or plan to the meeting." LaPorte also suggests researching the executive you're meeting with through LinkedIn or company information, so you can find out who the person is, what she likes to do and what goals she has for the company.